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Letter from our president

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fl_warecenter_fall2016_004I am honored to be the new PA Presenters president and share with you the exciting opportunities the board has planned this year. As someone who has come toPennsylvania after working in Ohio and Nebraska, I am struck by how interconnected and supportive the network is here. The strength of our membership allows for audiences across the state to have the arts as part of their lives. I’ve worked in small presenting spaces and very large ones, and I am always grateful for the professional community of peers who offer advice and guidance to deliver the best service to my community.

Twice a year, PA Presenters gathers the membership together to further our field. Our hallmark event is the Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Market (MAPAM) this November 1-3, 2016 in Lancaster. This was built with our membership in mind, realizing that not everyone can get to the regional or national conferences. We are creating an experience that is more relaxed, intimate, and focused on making new connections and strengthening old ones, which isn’t always possible at the larger conferences.  Our marketplace is intentionally laid out to encourage small table conversations built around enjoying food and drinks together. Throughout it all, is an opportunity to see excellent juried showcases of all genres. My co-conference chair is Robin Zaremski, and she has created a dynamic conference team to deliver a rich and focused experience. If you haven’t registered there is still time to receive the early bird fee of $225. It goes up to $300 after September 30

If funds are tight for you this year and you’ve had to let your involvement in PA Presenters lapse, we want to have you back!  We are offering partial scholarships to attend MAPAM. Scholarships of $175 are available for presenter or artist organizations in Pennsylvania who have not attended the PA Spring Arts Conference, Pitch Party or MAPAM in the last three years. Your organization’s membership in PA Presenters must be current or renewed at the time of using the funds. If you are not currently a member, the total for conference and membership would be $210.  Please contact Cathy Little, cathy@papresenters.org to request the funds.


There are also a few sponsorship spots left. Increase your visibility at the conference and help continue to build MAPAM for our membership and region. Please contact Larry Kosson (larry@kossontalent.com) to learn more about becoming a sponsor.


If you will happen to be at Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando and would like to know more about MAPAM, please attend the Mid Atlantic consortia meeting on Tuesday, September 27 from 10:30-11:45 a.m and September 28th from 8 – 9 a.m. I will be there and can answer any questions you have.


On behalf of the board, we are committed to ensuring your membership continues to keep you connected to opportunities for projects, funding, and collaboration. We appreciate your feedback and ideas, so please feel free to reach out to me with your thoughts. My email is laura.kendall@millersville.edu.


I look forward to seeing you at MAPAM and serving as your President.

Laura Kendall

President, Pennsylvania Presenters
Director, Millersvile University – Ware/Winter Centers